Dig deep into what interests you

Research provides a valuable opportunity for students to get an in-depth look into a topic. Through direct experience, students gain skills to gather information and use it effectively to answer questions in the business world. Research is a highly transferable skill that can be adapted to many settings. This experience is incredibly valuable in preparation for jobs in data analytics, marketing research, financial valuation, and more. And if you are thinking of going to graduate school, research experience is often a requirement.

Students participating in undergraduate research in RISE work under the mentorship of a UI faculty member, who can provide guidance and support.

Want to learn more? Watch this video to hear about one student's research experience.

Research courses

  • This is an introductory course and does not count towards the RISE requirement.
  • One-hour S/U graded course.
  • Introduces research and avenues to get more experience.

  • Administered by the Tippie College of Business under a faculty mentor.
  • Can be taken for 1-3 semester hours.
  • The undergraduate researcher participates in research a minimum of 3 hours per week for most of the semester or academic term.

  • Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) under a faculty mentor.
  • Counts as non-business elective hours, if taken for credit.
  • Can be taken for 0-4 hours.
  • No tuition charged for zero-hour option. Tuition charged per credit hour for credit-bearing option unless student is already enrolled full time (12 hours) in fall or spring.
  • Students can apply for an OUR Research Fellowship that includes funding. Click here for more information.

  • An independent study research project under a faculty advisor in a student’s program of study
  • Taken for two semester hours over two semesters (4 total)
  • Must complete BUS:1999, Introduction to Research in Business prior to beginning an honors thesis.
  • Register for department’s 4999 Honors Thesis course (ECON:4999, FIN:4999, etc.)
  • Completion of an honors thesis and graduating with above a 3.5 GPA earns Honors in the Major